We’re here to break the news to you, friends: sadly, summer doesn’t last forever. And since autumn is typically a much cooler season, it’s essential to make sure that your HVAC unit is ready to tackle it with open arms. But before the temperature really begins to drop, here are some of the best ways to prepare your system for the cooler weather ahead!
Change the Filter
When was the last time you changed your HVAC filter? Typically, this critical component in your system should be replaced every two-to-three months to help your unit run effortlessly and efficiently. However, if you overlook replacing your filter, then it can bog down your HVAC unit, make it work much harder than it has to, and may raise your energy bills — something that no homeowner wants to experience.
If you’re looking to get the best HVAC filter for your unit, then it’s essential to make sure that you’re purchasing the correct size filter. Sometimes, homeowners think that a filter will be the perfect fit, only to find out that it’s either too big or too small; and that’s never a good thing.
Another aspect to take into consideration is the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (or MERV) rating of each filter. When considering a MERV rating, the higher the number, the smaller the filter pores will be — leaving little-to-no room for airborne debris to pass through. Of course, the lower the MERV rating is, the wider the filter pores will be. Depending on your residential unit, try to pick a MERV rating that falls anywhere between 7 and 12!
Think About Upgrading Your Thermostat
How old would you say your current thermostat is? If you currently reside in an older home and the gadget has been there since the beginning, then it might be time to consider upgrading it.
In today’s market, there are smart thermostats (also known as learning thermostats) that can be controlled from a smartphone or tablet and help your HVAC unit run much more efficiently. Another benefit of a smart thermostat is that it can alert you when the filter needs to be changed or if it detects a possible problem with your system!
Have the Ducts Inspected for Leaks
When it comes to the ductwork in your home, there’s always a possibility that there might be a lingering duct leak — and you might not even know it. When this happens, there’s a chance that heat will escape from the leak, providing your home with inadequate temperatures and making your HVAC unit go into overdrive.
Whether you suspect a leak or you’re looking to cover all your bases, it’s best to have a professional conduct an inspection. Not only will they target any potential stray openings, but they’ll be able to seal and repair them. Now, you’ll reap the benefits of having a safe, efficient HVAC unit at the end of it all!
Cover All the Bases With a Maintenance Appointment
If you’re looking to get your unit up and running efficiently, then it’s best to schedule a maintenance appointment with a professional HVAC technician. When you do so, you’ll be given the ultimate peace of mind knowing that your unit was not only fully inspected by an expert, but that it will work on those colder days with the utmost ease.
Another perk of booking a maintenance session with a professional? They’ll be able to catch any potential problems before they arise. And if your unit needs to be replaced, then they can provide you with a series of solutions and options to find the perfect upgrade that will fit your home!
Keep Your Home Warm This Autumn With Help From Our Team!
For more than 30 years, B & J Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. has been providing Wilson, Rocky Mount, and the surrounding areas with expert plumbing and HVAC services. If you’re looking to schedule an appointment with the best team around, give us a call today at (252) 512-5651!